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  1. Follow the law. Cyclists have the same rights and obligations as cars. Obey traffic signals and signs.
  2. Ride with the flow of traffic. The majority of cycling-related injuries are the result of cyclists riding against the flow of traffic.
  3. Wear a helmet. It takes a very small impact to inflict a traumatic brain injury. Even if they don’t kill you, traumatic brain injuries can completely change you forever, often necessitating full-time medical and personal care for the rest of your life. Next to not getting hit, helmets are the best way to protect you against a life-threatening injury.
  4. Wear brightly colored clothing, even during the day. Many car/bicycle collisions happen simply because the driver did not notice the cyclist. Fluorescent clothing truly jumps out visually and sets you apart from your background. Even if it’s just a vest you can remove when you get to your destination, it makes a difference. And it can save your life.
  5. Mount flashing lights on your bike. You’re legally required to have lights at night. Difficulties in noticing bikes on the road arise because drivers are not looking for you, and you tend to blend into the background. A lack of depth perception can make judging safe passing distances and speeds dangerously tricky. Bright flashing lights (even during the day) call attention to your presence, and register more deeply in the eye of the beholder, making a driver more likely to give the cyclist more room to safely pass.
  6. Combine all these attributes in a brightly colored helmet with flashing lights. I am particularly fond of the Bell Muni, since its fluorescent yellow is visible above the hoodline of cars stopped between me and the car that might hit me because it doesn’t see me. Also, it has mounts specially designed to accommodate the Blackburn Flea, a set of led lights with negligible weight, but that flash highly visibly. I get much better eye contact from drivers, hence better acknowledgement and recognition. It really makes a difference.